My Creative School

My Creative School was a joint initiative between A New Direction and The Education Commission, now in its second year.

My Creative School logo smallpng

About the My Creative School programme

Working collaboratively with networks of primary schools across London, the programme was designed to investigate how we can effectively embed the arts as drivers of powerful learning experiences.

The exploratory process, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, aimed to unlock the potential for teachers’ practice, pupils and the wider school community.

My Creative School offered a new model for relationships between artists, arts organisations and schools and aimed to:

  • Support the delivery of curriculum relevant arts-driven activity
  • Enable pupils to access and participate in arts-based learning activities
  • Provide professional development opportunities for teachers to develop their creative skills
  • Support schools to work towards achieving ‘Artsmark’, Arts Council England's flagship programme which enables schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.

Read the executive summary of the 2016-17 evaluation

Explore the learning resource

The 2017-18 programme

This year we supported 9 schools across 3 boroughs to complete Creative Catalyst Projects as part of the programme. Each of our schools’ Creative Catalyst Project experimented with new creative approaches to support the school in moving towards their chosen School Development Priority. Find out more about each school's Development Priority and Creative Catalyst Project below.

Bromley

Croydon

Kingston

We were delighted to partner with the Education Commission to deliver this project.

The Education Commission is the body responsible for 172 schools (primary, secondary and Sixth Form Colleges) on the southern side of the Thames River to the English Channel. This network covers 13 local authorities including Outer London (Merton, Sutton, Croydon, Bromley, and Bexley) and South East England (Kent, Medway).

For more information on the programme, please contact Chloe Osborne, Creative Producer for My Creative School mycreativeschool@anewdirection.org.uk


A selection of blogs from the programme